Workplace Woes, Law Stories & Cases | Goodwin & Scieszka

There are a lot of ways to get hurt on the job and no workplace is ever completely and totally free of hazards. Even if you work in a seemingly safe environment like an office, it’s still entirely possible to encounter at least one type of hazard at work. Naturally, the exact types of hazards

Our country depends on construction workers to build our homes, construct the buildings businesses operate in, and pave and repair our roads. But being a construction worker is hardly an easy job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities in the private construction industry increased 5% in 2019, a total of 1,061 deaths, the

There’s nothing entertaining about unsafe workplaces. In 2014, 4,679 workers were killed on the job, which worked out to an average of nearly 90 deaths per week or about 13 worker deaths every day. Another 3 million workers suffered non-fatal work-related illnesses and injuries that same year. However, many excellent films have been made over

Construction workers often find themselves working in situations that could very easily become dangerous. They often work with heavy equipment, at elevated heights, and in tight, confined spaces. Confined spaces like manholes, silos, tunnels and crawlspaces are particularly hazardous because not only is there limited room for workers to make an emergency escape, they are

In the wake of a 2014 accident that left nine employees injured, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has agreed to a settlement that includes paying a $7,000 fine and improving safety procedures to keep their employees safe on the job. On May 4, 2014, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was

41-year-old Heather Warren was killed in a truck accident while she was working at the U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works Cold Mill Shipping plant in Ecorse, Michigan. Warren had been working for the company for three years as a shift supervisor, handling office work and shipping. On the day she was killed, Heather Warren was

All jobs come along with their own sets of workplace hazards, but for many healthcare workers and social workers, their biggest concern isn’t slip-and-fall accidents or equipment safety, but the rather the risk of being assaulted by the people they’re trying to help or the people close to them. Since workers in these fields often

Burns might seem like an ordinary hazard of the trade when you work in kitchens or restaurants. A recent survey of fast food workers conducted by the Hart Research Association found that 79% of respondents were burned at least once on the job in the past year and 58% were burned more than once in

Randall Miller, director of the now-scrapped film Midnight Rider, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter over the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Jones was killed in February 2014 while the crew was trying to film a dream sequence on a train trestle when a train came down the tracks unexpectedly. Miller also pleaded guilty

Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who contracted the Ebola virus while treating an infected patient, is suing her employer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She claims she contracted the virus because her employer was negligent by failing to provide adequate training or protection for working with such a highly contagious patient. She also says her employer

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